Can Giants recover from 0-3 start? Play, not words, will decide

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Do the Giants have enough talent to overcome their 0-3 start and make the playoffs?

Can the 0-3 New York Giants turn their season around, or will they continue to be the lifeless, mistake-prone, overmatched team we have seen the past three weeks?

Giants' players have talked a good game this week, and you know head coach Tom Coughlin won't shrink from the challenge.

Radio rants, proclamations that they will fight and talk about how they have handled adversity in the past won't help. The only thing that can help is playing better football.

The only question, the only thing that matters, is whether or not this version of the New York Giants is capable of being better.

Recent history doesn't lend much encouragement. Dating back to last season the Giants are 3-8 in their last 11 regular-season games. In five of those eight losses, the Giants have been blown out. Check the scores:

That is not the performance of a playoff-caliber football team, which the Giants proved not to be a season ago and look like they are on their way to proving again this season.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com, long-time general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, suggests that the Giants are "doomed" and writes "I really don't see how New York can salvage a playoff spot at this point."

Will the rest of the season prove Brandt correct? Or, will the Giants back up their words and turn things around?

Offensively, the Giants have a championship-caliber quarterback in Eli Manning and outstanding weapons for him to throw to. They have a sieve for an offensive line, however, and few options when it comes to making changes. Chris Snee and David Baas are banged up. Justin Pugh has been a turnstile thus far at right tackle. Will Beatty has been awful. David Diehl, banged on by fans for years, is about to return from injury and there is actually hope that he can upgrade the ravaged line.

Defensively, they have nice names in Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Antrel Rolle, etc. They have surrendered a league-worst 115 points, however, can't rush the passer and have been only marginally better than the group that finished 31st in the league last season.

Maybe some of these guys will play better or get healthier as the season goes along. Maybe they will back up their words in the end.

Whether it's due to age, injury, complacency, poor decisions in terms of building the roster in some spots -- or a combination of all of the above -- you have to wonder if this team still has the ability to overcome their awful start.

If what we have seen thus far from the Giants is what we are going to get for the next 13 games this will end up being the worst season of Coughlin's tenure with the Giants.

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